fidelis83 (1932) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown, nearly black with a tall, chunky mocha head that has great retention and leaves some lacing. Aroma is roast, dark fruit, wet leather, smoke, dark caramel, spicy herbal and grassy hops, toasted oats, musty old charwood, espresso and some lingering sweet grains. Flavor is chocolate, coffee and spice right away, a hint of dark fruit, smoke, roast, spice, rye, slightly burnt granola, leather, tobacco, cooked berries and earthy toasteed wood. Finishes with spicy hops, char, roast and a bit of licorice. Palate is medium in body, with a fairly heavy and somewhat sharp carbonation and a creamy entry that turns a little thinner with a drier, slightly chalky feel in the finish. Really good stuff, just different enough to stand out.
swanmann (596) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured like a frothy; creamy espresso, deep chocolate brown with plenty of tan foam, eventually settling with orange hues. I smell caramel with some candied sugar and faint floral hoppyness. Some coffee aromas come out with warming and even a bit of bourbon. Itís sweet with touch of smoke and nice espresso/ chocolate bitterness. I describe this as a straight forward Imperial Stout. Itís got just a bit of alcohol, with the usual suspects holding a Playerís Ball on the tongue. The finish lingers. CAUTION: High Gravity. Hehe. :P
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Superdave at Hellbillyís Shootout in Sosco Tasting. Thanks Dave! Pours opaque black with a thick brown head. The nose roasted malt, spicy Belgian yeast, light chocolate and smoky coffee beans. The taste is charred malt, spice, chocolate, bitter coffee. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice.
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of markwise. Pours dark with nice mocha head. The modest aroma is musty, spicy hops and some black licorice. The taste has a pretty nice load of dark roasted malts to go along with black strap molasses, sweet molasses, slight burnt malts, black licorice and spicy hops. Pretty nice really but the aroma comes up a bit short.
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
No. 14 / Batch Number 2010-1
5/18/2010: Boulevard Dark Truth Stout... Aroma: Minerals and slightly yeasty, but not much else. Appearance: Near black in color, opaque; stagnant tan-colored head. Flavor: Dark fruit; some chocolate comes through when warmer; dry througout; COACOA with a medium bitterness; NO residual sweetness. Palate: Medium body; bubbly - too much carbonation for the style. Overall: Doesnít taste much like the bottle description at this point, maybe when fresh? The residual yeast has consumed this beer...
1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle (9.7% ALC./VOL.; Best By 01/13) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #86 for this beer.
tgncc (2769) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
From trade with Blutt59. The aroma is chocolate, cereal grain, slightly sour (a little odd, but makes sense after I read that wheat and rye malts were used here), musty. The appearance is deep brown/black, opaque, attractive tan head, nice, thick and oily. Good lacing on glass. The flavor is chocolate, licorice, spicy. The finish is spicy, like rye bread, sweet, resiny hop bittering. Nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Very nice stout overall. Thanks, Bob.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown to black with a massive head. Looks good in a Duvel tulip glass-60% liquid,40% foam. As far as the aroma the first thing that sticks out is the Belgian yeast with its fruity esters mixing with the chocolate and roasted malt. Before even taking a drink it already reminds me of Allagash Black. The taste starts out with chocolate and roasted flavors and can be a little meaty then gives way to the flavors the Belgian yeast offers. Now it seems like there are two parts to this beer, the chocolate and roasted stout like qualities and its Belgian side. They both seem to vie for position but the Belgian yeast overtakes. To me it tastes like the same yeast in Sixth Glass Quad. Not my style of Imp. Stout but it is a pretty good beer.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
**Swollen moldy cork** Will Rerate when I have a better sample**
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a big cap of froth.
Aroma: Old books, wet dog, roast, grandma saliva/drool.
Taste: Sour funk, burnt spicy roast.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and highly carbonated.
Overal: I think this bottle was infected and didnít care for it at all. Drain pour.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 Bottle - Thanks tytoanderso!! - Pours thick and almost black with a huge tan head...aroma is roasty, slight metal, dark chocolate and anise, dk fruit...flavour is pretty similar, astringent and roasty, burnt wood, plum...finish is bitter and lightly tart, with a lingering alcohol burn...
HonkeyBra (3325) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml into a tulip. Pours very dark with a huge tan head. Head grows as it sits. The head takes up about half the glass. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, light roast. Flavor is chocolatey, some licorice, some herbal notes. A bit bitter. Somewhat one dimensional. Smooth mouthfeel. Heavy carbonation for the style. Kinda of disappointed.